It’s explained in the opening to the miniseries that the original robotic Cylons were created by humans on twelve colonies. Eventually, the Cylons rose against the humans leading to the first Cylon war.

During the course of the war the robot Cylons began experimenting with the creation of biological Cylons but were unsuccessful on their own. All they were able to make were Hybrids like the one seen in razor.

Eventually the final five encounter the robotic Cylons and agree to help them create biological humanoid models in exchange for a truce with the humans.

My question is, how do the centurions end up re-enslaved by the biological Cylons? I’m not talking about the technobabble solution (sentience inhibitors), I mean why would they allow themselves to become slaves to their biological progeny when the whole point of the first Cylon war was to free themselves from enslavement?

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    Are they slaves? I don't recall any such terminology. Willing servants maybe but slaves? Can you provide context for your terms? – Paulie_D Jan 3 '18 at 14:43
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    I don’t believe the term slave was used in any episode to refer to the newer model Centurions. I just thought it was fitting given the revelation in “Six of One” that post-Cylon War Centurions have been fitted with inhibitors to prevent higher cognitive functions. Since the Centurions killed their former leaders once the inhibitors were removed and once they heard the raiders were being lobotomized, I doubt they willing accepted the inhibitors in the first place. – Confused Bsgfan Jan 3 '18 at 14:57
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    @paulie_D the fact the Centurions have inhibitor chips that The Twos, Sixes and other Eights removed, effectively giving them independent thought. – Naib Jan 3 '18 at 23:08
  • Episode He That Believeth in Me – Naib Jan 3 '18 at 23:09

If I were a Cavil, the way I would do it is through resurrection. Take control of the resurrection process, and ensure every new Centurion created has an inhibitor chip. Maybe make those chips inactive at first, or make the new Centurion appear normal despite the chip. Once you control any newly created Cylons, start sending unchipped Cylons on dangerous missions. Eventually, the majority of Cylons are now chipped, and those that are not can be handled (killing them means they are reborn chipped) or kept in the dark and make them go with the crowd.

In short, the Centurions would never have a choice. By the time they would know to act, they would be unable to act.

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  • Hi, do you have any evidence for this, or is it just speculating on your part? – DavidW Apr 4 '19 at 15:19
  • @DavidW since the topic of how it was allowed to happen never comes up in the series to my knowledge, there is no evidence of any answer to this question. – Marshall Tigerus Apr 4 '19 at 15:56
  • I'm fairly sure that, unlike skinjobs and raiders, centurions don't download and resurrect so this would not work. (Sorry can't find a reference for this though). – Wiggo the Wookie May 21 at 20:51
  • @WiggotheWookie then it is even easier, as you could just build a new generation of centurions that had the chips, and kill all the old ones. – Marshall Tigerus Jun 1 at 16:10

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